Longer prison terms, big fines for forced prostitution gang

Members of the violent human trafficking gang led by Saban Baran were on Monday given higher jail terms by the appeal court but two others were found not guilty.

Baran, who escaped from jail after being allowed out to visit his new baby and now lives in Turkey, was given eight years (up from 7.5) and fined €150,000. Three others were jailed for five, three and two years and fined €100,000, €50,000 and €25,000.
The public prosecution department had called for 10 year jail terms.
But the court said there was not enough evidence to convict the men of forcing women to undergo abortions, breast enlargement and tattoos.
In addition, all the sentences are being shortened by three months because the department failed to destroy confidential interviews with lawyers and doctors.
It is customary in the Netherlands for investigators to record telephone conversations between the accused and their legal representatives, but they may not be used as evidence.
Baran, who fled the Netherlands last year, was later arrested in Turkey on charges of blackmail and money laundering.

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